The Nets got production from a very surprising entity on Thursday night to win their fourth game in their last six contest: Andrea Bargnani.
Bargnani was 8-for-15 (53.3 percent) from the field, grabbed six rebounds, and was a +13 in 23 minutes in Brooklyn's 100-91 win over Philadelphia.
"It was a good win because in our situation we take every win," Bargnani told reporters after the game. "At the end we got the 'W' and that's all that matters at the end of the day."
Where did that come from?! This is going to be an odd season, I think we can all see that. But when Bargs is hitting from all over the floor and looking like the former number one pick that he is, it gets even stranger. The difference in Bargnani's game on Thursday was the mid-range jumper. He drilled four-of-seven shots from 17 feet or longer, and that really opened things up for Brooklyn's reserves to operate with a little room down low.
Anything the Nets gets from Bargnani is a bonus. I'm not counting on this at all. But if he can somehow, someway find a to sustain whatever magic he found on the floor in Brooklyn on Thursday, it would certainly help elongate the Nets' bench that was outscored 30-18 in the third quarter. That's something they desperately need. Then again, it seems everyone involved in the NBA has been banking on Bargnani's potential for years to no avail. Either way, it got the Nets a win they had to have.